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Chinese flotilla docks in Polish port in first ever visit

Iran Press TV

Wed Oct 7, 2015 4:10PM

Three Chinese warships have dropped anchor in Poland on the first such visit to the European country aimed at further strengthening ties with the NATO member state.

A destroyer, a frigate and a supply vessel sailed into the Polish Baltic Sea port of Gdynia on Wednesday, marking 66 years of diplomatic ties between Beijing and Warsaw, public broadcaster, TVP, reported.

The spokesman for Poland's 3rd Navy Flotilla, Captain Major Przemyslaw Plonecki, said the flotilla's command officers paid an official visit to the destroyer in a welcoming ceremony.

The visit comes at the invitation of Poland's Navy command.

The website of the Chinese embassy said Poland is the sixth stop of the vessels on a "worldwide visit." The ships have already docked in Sudan, Egypt, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

According to the Chinese embassy, the anti-air force destroyer, Jinan 152, the Yiyang 548 frigate and the Qiandaohu 886, which all belong to the Chinese Navy's 20th Task Force, will remain in the Polish port until October 11.

The Chinese vessels will be also open to the public for the next five days.

The three Chinese vessels had been part of international anti-pirate patrols in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia.

China-Poland relations officially began in October 1949.

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